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2014-07-17 09:55

ONE HOT ASTON MARTIN: Luxury brand Aston Martin has unveiled its most potent roadster yet, the 2014 V12 S Vantage Roadster. Image: Aston Martin


Six-litre V12 engine, 421kW and 610Nm... Meet Aston Martin's most potent car yet, the 2104 Vantage S Roadster.

  • Aston Martin's most potent roadster yet
  • Six-litre V12 engine: 421kW/620Nm
  • 320km/h top speed
  • Supreme agility and intense excitement

LONDON, England – Luxury brand Aston Martin says it’s opening up a new world of “exhilarating driving excitement” with the announcement of the hotly anticipated V12 Vantage S Roadster.

The new sports car will become the luxury British marque’s most potent, fastest and fastest-accelerating series production roadster to date when it arrives later in 2014 and follows in the tracks of the V12 Vantage S Coupe that was launched in 2013.

Aston Martin South Africa says the first units will arrive here in December 2014.

GALLERY: 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

Aston Martin says the car is the most visceral yet engaging open-top experience in the automaker’s current range with sporting agility underpinned by “an enviable sports ‘soundtrack’ generated by its naturally aspirated V12 engine and expertly-tuned sports exhaust”.

Under the bonnet is the latest 421kW Aston Martin AM28 six-litre V12 with Bosch engine management making 620Nm from 5750rpm; the car has a top speed of 320km/h and sprints to 100km/h in 4.1sec.


Its low rev torque – from just 1000rpm – starts at 510Nm demonstrates the engineers’ ability to create a ‘flatter’, yet ‘fatter’, torque curve, says the automaker,  which supports its driveability and strong pick-up through the gears.

Aston Martin's design director Marek Reichman said: “The V12 Vantage S Roadster is the mechanical embodiment of our company’s exceptional spirit. Beautiful, powerful and spirited - it is as spectacular to listen to as it is to look at.

"The new roadster is truly a treat for the senses with, underlying all this, the capacity to deliver one of the most dynamic, exciting and stirring driving experiences in our current range. I’m sure the V12 Vantage S Roadster will appeal to luxury sports car enthusiasts worldwide who want to add a truly exceptional new model to their garage."

There’s race car technology which can be seen in the combustion chambers and hollow camshafts, along with the Sportshift III seven-speed transmission.  The gearbox, which replaces the six-speed manual one found in the previous V12 Vantage Roadster, is also 20kg lighter.

The automaker says the use of three-stage adaptive suspension system allows the driver to more precisely tailor the car’s dynamic character. There are three driving modes to choose from: ‘normal’, ‘sport’ and ‘track’ to better suit the driver’s requirements. The system also governs the level of power steering assistance offered.

Aston Martin says: “Braking performance is delivered via the specially-created carbon ceramic discs all round, with near-identical brakes appearing on the Vanquish. Meanwhile a whole new lightweight exhaust system – derived from the company’s most expensive and exclusive production model, the One-77 hypercar – is wonderfully sonorous.”

The new Roadster has been styled to reflect is position as the flagship convertible in the Vantage family.


The grille – with a carbon fibre arrangement with sporty black or titanium silver mesh -  maximises airflow to the V12 engine and is inspired by the CC100 Speedster Concept and Vantage race cars. Light forged alloy ten-spoke wheels are optional.

There are new-style seat and door trims, with Sport and carbon fibre seat options. The optional interior carbon pack adds carbon fibre to the car’s facia and door pulls, plus black pedals.

Reichman said: “The new V12 Vantage S Roadster not only looks the part, but has been engineered and built to showcase the ethos of Aston Martin: power, beauty and soul.

“We believe that it is a truly exceptional sports car, with the capacity to set pulses racing just by its sound alone. The authentic appeal of its style, performance, quality and craftsmanship ensure its stands head and shoulders above others in its sector and delivers that most precious of experiences – fun – in abundance!”

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